This Day in Death

5.29.12: ‘Gumby’ Voice Actor Dick Beals – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:44 am June 14, 2012

“Alright, Pokey; Here’s another song about the glorious and imminent rise of the Aryan Nations.”


This one actually goes back a couple of weeks, but since I can’t monitor everything that happens in the world at all times it means that once in a while something slips through the cracks. If you think you can do better then why don’t you just start up your own website and steal all of my traffic and drive me to suicide and then cover my death on your clearly-superior blog? Because that would be an awful lot of effort on your part, and I can’t imagine you’re very ambitious if you’re spending your time here.

Now, if you’ll allow me to move past your disappointing lack of personal drive, I’ll get back to work and inform you that Dick Beals is dead. Beals voiced characters on ‘David and Goliath’, ‘Gumby’, ‘The Flintstones’ and other shows your grandpa assumes are still on the air.

The radio and television voice-over star whose work included the animated characters Gumby and Speedy Alka-Seltzer has died in Southern California. Dick Beals was 85.

A friend, Peter Gorman, tells the Los Angeles Times that Beals died in the northern San Diego County community of Vista.

Due to a glandular disorder, Beals’ voice hadn’t changed since childhood.  He made the most of it by using his childish, high-pitched voice to comfort kids and let them know that hanging out with a bizarrely flexible man of undisclosed background would lead them into a magical land of discovery. Whatever. I didn’t need a tv show to teach me that. I guess you could say I was just much more sophisticated than your average 7-year-old.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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